Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani has been given a three-match ban and fined £100,000 for a comment posted on social media, the Football Association has announced.
The 33-year-old summer signing produced a match-winning display at Southampton on November 28, providing an assist for Bruno Fernandes before netting a brace in a 3-2 comeback win.
Cavani posted a social media message on Instagram shortly after the match, replying to a message of congratulations using the Spanish term ‘negrito’, which translates as ‘black’.
The Uruguayan swiftly deleted the post and issued an apology after being made aware of the connotations, with the player releasing an apologetic statement the following day saying he was ‘completely opposed to racism.
But the FA charged the former Paris Saint-Germain star with ‘misconduct for a breach of FA Rule E3’ in relation to his social media post on December 19 and has now banned him for three games.
The FA said in a statement: ‘Edinson Cavani has been suspended for three games, fined £100,000 and must complete face-to-face education after admitting a charge for a breach of FA Rule E3 in relation to a social media post on Sunday 29 November 2020.’
Cavani will miss the New Year’s Day match against Aston Villa along with the Carabao Cup semi-final against Manchester City and the FA Cup third-round tie against Watford.
‘The post also constitutes an “aggravated breach”, which is defined in FA Rule E3.2, as it included reference, whether express or implied, to colour and/or race and/or ethnic origin.
‘An independent Regulatory Commission was appointed to decide the sanction and its written reasons will be published in due course.’